One of my favorite foods, prior to keto, was spaghetti. And the main reason was that I absolutely love tomato and tomato based foods. I figured out how to incorporate them into my ketogenic lifestyle by cooking meatballs and adding a little sauce, as well as Fathead Pizza. But there's no reason I couldn't have regular ole spaghetti! Especially when you have yummy zucchini noodles to replace pasta noodles. And there came this very simple recipe for Spaghetti Zoodles.
This is a super simple recipe, but it is a fast quick way to get your red sauce pasta fix. I use pizza sauce in almost all of my ketogenic diet recipes calling for spaghetti sauce, and there's one simple reason: it's much easier to find one with no added sugar. I find it very difficult to find a spaghetti sauce with no sugar added, and I don't find the flavor too much different in pizza sauce - so it's an easy substitute for me!
At first I found zoodles (zucchini noodles) somewhat difficult. I couldn't get the right texture so I preferred to just go without them. But I tried them again and again and finally figured it out! Cooking zucchini noodles is extremely fast, and a minute or two of overcooking them can make them mushy! But if you keep the cooking short and serve right away, they are awesome. And to be honest, you stop cooking before they look done. If about half of the noodles look done - then take them off the heat, I promise! That means they are actually done!
There's a lot of spiralizers out there for purchasing, but I keep it simple and use a handheld spiralizer - which is also one of the cheapest versions. If you are cooking for multiple people then a counter top spiralizer might benefit you, but it only takes me 1-2 minutes to spiralize my one person meal zoodles by hand. I use this spiralizer.
- Set a burner to medium-medium/low heat and heat up non-stick skillet
- Do NOT use oil
- Spiralize your zucchini - the smaller ones are better as they have a little less water
- Place zucchini in pan and spread it out with spatula - do NOT cover with lid
- Once it starts to sizzle a little, start your timer
- Every minute or two stir and flip the noodles
- At 2 minutes after sizzling your zucchini noodles will start to soften
- At 4 minutes your zucchini noodles are close to done
- At 5 minutes they are finished! Remove them from heat and serve with sauce!
I also use psyllium husk powder in this recipe because it helps absorb the excess moisture of the zucchini and sauce to make a thicker sauce. A little goes a long way, and one serving of this recipe calls for only 1/4 tsp of psyllium husk powder. I use this psyllium husk powder.